NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Get ready to slow down on city streets.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the City Council has voted to lower the speed limit, CBS 2’s Don Champion reported Tuesday.
With 44 “yay” votes, lawmakers were quick to slow New York City drivers down.
“It’s not every day that we get to save lives around here — and that’s what we’re doing today,” Councilman David Greenfield said.
Greenfield sponsored the bill, which drops the default speed limit in the city to 25 mph. The bill is the 13th passed as part of the de Blasio administration’s “Vision Zero” initiative, which is aimed at cutting down traffic and pedestrian fatalities.
“Speed is the No. 1 contributing factor in an accident. This is actually going to prevent accidents because if you drive slower you’re less likely to get into an accident, less likely to get in a serious accident, less likely to kill somebody,” Greenfield said.